I’m excited to welcome Ray Vander Laan to our studios as our guest on today’s and tomorrow’s broadcasts we’ve titled, “Exploring God’s Enduring Story.”
Focus on the Family has been working with Ray since 1995 to produce the That the World May Know video series. I think it’s some of the best Bible teaching available anywhere. If you’ve seen any of the episodes filmed on location in the land where the Scriptures took place, I’m sure you understand why I feel so strongly about it. It’s touched the lives of thousands, perhaps millions, of people worldwide.
But if you’re new to Focus on the Family, I’m pleased to introduce you to him. Ray is a teacher at Holland Christian Schools in Michigan. He’s an ordained minister, an expert in Jewish history, and has been teaching the Bible for over 40 years.
Ray believes his ministry is to communicate biblical truths in such a way as to help parents, Christian teachers, and Bible study groups understand the Bible within its specific contextual setting.
Over the next couple of days, I think you’ll understand why the Lord has used Ray in such profound ways. We’ll dig into God’s Word and discover the unique perspective that comes from Ray’s understanding of both Scripture and the Jewish foundations that formed it.
Using the vivid imagery found in the story of the Israelites and their exodus out of Egypt thousands of years ago, Ray shares a relevant message for us today. The Bible is always timely because it cuts to the core of the human heart. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
As much as our culture believes we have evolved or achieved some higher plane of enlightenment, Scripture makes it clear that the human heart has the same needs now as it always has. That’s why God still invites us each day through the pages of these sacred ancient texts we know as the Bible to understand what it means to experience and worship Him.
I hope you’ll join us for the next couple of programs. Few of us have the opportunity to visit Israel to enjoy such profound educational moments, to see the ruins and ancient artifacts, and to experience what the New and Old Testaments really mean for us today.
Ray will give us all a good taste of the information and inspiration the That the World May Know series offers.